Six More Republicans Who Want To See Romney’s Tax Returns

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    Jul 17, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    From the National Memo July 16th, 2012 4:32 pm Axel Tonconogy

    Mitt Romney’s latest excuse for refusing to release his tax returns — his complaint that Senator John Kerry’s wife “has hundreds of millions of dollars, [and] she never released her tax returns” – isn’t gaining traction. Perhaps this reflects the fact that when he became the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Kerry released 20 years of tax returns — exactly 19 more than Romney’s lone 2010 release.

    Romney’s continued reluctance to resolve the tax issue has led to increasing demands from both sides of the aisle for him to “stop demanding an apology” (as Republican strategist John Weaver put it) and finally come clean. Last week we noted six Republicans who want to see Romney’s tax returns, and as the candidate has ducked and dithered, that number has swelled.

    Here are six more prominent Republicans who want the truth about Romney’s secretive finances:

    >>>>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley:

    “I think he ought to release everything,” Bentley said. “I believe in total transparency. You know if you have things to hide, then you may be doing things wrong.”

    >>>>On ABC’s “This Week,” conservative columnist George Will said: “Romney must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them…If something’s going to come out, get it out in a hurry. I do not know why, given that Mitt Romney knew the day that [John] McCain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president again that he didn’t get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest.”

    He added: “The cost of not releasing the returns are clear. Therefore, he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.”

    >>>>William Kristol
    The founder and editor of the neoconservative magazine The Weekly Standard offered his take on “FOX News Sunday:”

    “He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It’s crazy. You got to release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two,” Bill Kristol said on “FOX News Sunday.”

    >>>>Said GOP Strategist Rick Tyler:

    “He should have put it to rest back in 2008 when he ran originally because he knew all these things were going to be problems. There’s clearly a problem with the tax returns otherwise he would release, you know, ten years of tax returns. He’s only released one year of tax returns. That’s a problem

    >>>>Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tx):

    “His personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game,” Sessions told CNN

    >>>>And former RNC Chairman Michael Steele:

    “If there’s nothing there, there’s no ‘there’ there, don’t create a ‘there.’ Put out as much information as you can. Even if you don’t release 12 years worth of tax returns, at least three, four, five. ”

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    Jul 17, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    Romney won't release anymore returns.
    It would be more damaging for him to release them and reveal all the dirt in them than it is to keep them secret.

    So Romney will continue to have to make excuses for his shifty failure to come clean with the American people.
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    Jul 17, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    Clearly Romney has much to be ashamed of or he would have already released the customary 10 years or so of tax returns.
    He obviously has major skeletons in his closet that he wants to keep hidden.
    His history of deception and sketchy behavior on taxes indicates that we only know the tip of the iceberg.

    In addition to being dishonest, he's also not that bright. He's been running for president for 7 years, and it didn't occur to him to stop the shady financial behavior, for this exact reason? Every candidate is expected to release several years of tax returns.

    What is Mitt hiding in his tax returns? This is an issue that's not going away -- it will continue to grow and fester, fueling doubts about his honesty and disgust over his secret offshore tax-shelter accounts and other corporate raider activities.
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    Jul 17, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    It would be easier to make a snail play a violin.